Musina, for those enough old enough to remember this, was the town generations of schoolchildren learnt to loath at the hands of their geography teacher. It had orange orchards, contours and a water tower and pretty much everything you needed to teach map reading to a recalcitrant standard seven. What it did not yet have was the Great North Plaza, currently a 14,000m2 piece of retail real estate, but soon to be a 34,000m2 centre by virtue of a R320million investment by the Investec Property Fund, who bought it off the Solly Noor Property Group. Space is filling up rapidly, with such notables as Checkers, Jet, Edgars and Pep already signed up for the extension, joining the likes of Shoprite, Checkers, Sterns, Sport Scene, Markhams and Foschini in the existing centre. Musina is something of a bustling hub these days, with a cracking cross-border trade and significant employers like the De Beers’ Venetia Mine, itself expanding right now, although to the more significant tune of R33billion.
Comment: The Great North Plaza may be found between the orange orchard and the water tower.